Hurricane Information

Dorian

The City of Savannah will use this web page to post informational updates on Hurricane Dorian and its impacts on our community.

More information, including weather updates and storm tracking, can be found at the Chatham Emergency Agency website.

UPDATES

Sept 5. 10:30am

Evacuation Order Lifted

Governor Brian Kemp has lifted the mandatory evacuation order for the coastal counties of Georgia. All Chatham County residents can return to their homes at this time.

CEMA will be working throughout the day to return those who evacuated to an inland shelter through the Evacuation Assembly Area. In coordination with the State of Georgia and Department of Public Health, efforts to return our Functional Access and Medical Needs population are underway and planning efforts to return them to their homes will begin tomorrow.

Soldiers, civilians, and family members of Hunter Army Airfield (HAAF) are to follow the guidance of the Fort Stewart/Hunter Army Airfield senior command.

The Talmadge bridge is still currently closed. Georgia Department of Transportation will inspect the bridge today. Returning residents should be aware of the potential of power outages, downed powerlines, and debris in roadways. At this time the Georgia Power Outage Map indicated that approximately 6,000 residents in Chatham County are without power. Tybee and Skidaway Islands have been significantly affected by the power outages.

After the Storm Safety Tips from Georgia Power:

  • Watch for downed wires. Downed power lines may be hidden by debris or fallen trees.
  • Never touch any downed wire or attempt to remove tree branches from power lines – it can kill.
  • Don't step in standing water or saturated ground where downed lines may be present. They could be electrified.
  • Avoid chain link fences. They may be electrified by a downed line out of sight and conduct electricity over great distances.
  • Watch for Georgia Power crews working across the state. If driving, move over one lane for utility vehicles stopped on the side of the road – it's the law in Georgia.
  • Protect electronics and appliances. Disconnect or turn off any appliances that will start automatically when power returns to avoid overloading circuits when power is restored.

Sept 5, 7:00am


Communication

  • *Comcast/Xfinity has free Wi-Fi hotspots for everyone regardless of your customer statusthrough September 8, 2019


Safety/Security

  • Debris & Damage
    -As of 4 AM there are reports of 8 trees down, impacting power lines in Chatham County.
  • Chatham County Public Works has crew members ready to remove debris after impacted areas have been assessed and it is safe for staff to access the areas.
  • Curfew Reminder
    -The City of Savannah and Town of Thunderbolt have implemented a curfew from 9 PM until 6 AM until further notice. There are no curfews in place for unincorporated Chatham County or any other jurisdictions within Chatham County at this time.

Food/Water/Shelter

  • Water utilities update. No municipality is scheduled to turn off water at this time. For those who have private water service, residents need to contact the provider for more information.


Municipal/Court/Chatham County Public Schools 

CLOSURES

  • City of Savannah offices are closed through Thursday, September 5, 2019.
  • Chatham County offices will resume normal business hours on Friday, September 6, 2019.
  • Chatham County Courts are closed through Friday, September 6, and will resume normal hours on Monday, September 9, 2019.
  • Savannah Chatham County Public School System is closed through Friday, September 6,2019.
  • Savannah State University will remain closed Friday, September 6, 2019. Classes will continue to be conducted online using D2L, or other alternative delivery-teaching methods. Information about reopening and resuming normal operations will be shared on the university website as well as via social media and the emergency alert apps: LiveSafe and Everbridge.


Health/Medical

  • Savannah Animal Care on West Bryant Street will be open 24/7 for stray or unattended animals and pet emergencies during the storm.
  • Public Health Update:
    -The emergency departments of St. Josephs/Candler and Memorial hospitals are open.
    -Operating Hours of Urgent Care 24/7 
     Historic Savannah (8am-8pm), 
    Urgent Care 24/7 Pooler (7am-midnight)
    Urgent Care 24/7 Midtown (7AM-9PM)
  • Chatham County Public Health offices will be closed through Thursday September 5, 2019.


Energy

  • Georgia Power:
    -Hurricane Dorian continues to impact the Coastal Areas of Georgia Power’s service territory. The company assembled crews from around the state, and our       neighboring states who stand ready to respond as quickly and as safely as possible. As of 4 AM there are 8638 persons affected by power outages.
  • As a reminder to customers, please never touch any downed wire or low hanging wire, including Cable TV wires that touch a powerline. Never pull tree limbs off power lines yourself or enter areas with debris or downed trees as power lines may be buried in wreckage.
  • After the storm moves out of the affected areas and travel conditions are safe, damage assessment teams will begin to evaluate and repair services to customers.


Transportation

  • Chatham Area Transit (CAT) is suspended until further notice.
  • Roads:
    -Live, interactive map of road closures in the area is available here:
    https://www.chathamemergency.org/PrepareNow/Dorian
    -For assistance with route options due to closures and detours, residents are encouraged to use Waze or Google Map apps from your mobile device.
     -I-16 contraflow has ended. However, this is not currently to allow residents to return to Chatham County, but to allow for resources and crews to be deployed to coastal areas as quickly as possible after the storm.
  • Bridge Closures:
    -Talmadge Bridge is closed until further notice.
  • Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport:
     -Airlines will have a limited schedule today, Thursday, September 5. Please check airline websites or mobile apps for the most up-to-date flight information prior to       coming to the airport. A copy of travel itineraries are recommended for movement in evacuation zones. Airport  shops and restaurants may be closed even when flights       are operating.
  • Georgia Port Authority:
     -Critical workforce should return to work at 1 p.m. Thursday, September 5
    -Administrative staff offices will be closed Thursday
    -GPA will resume full terminal operations (vessel, truck gate, intermodal) at 6a.m. Friday, September 6
    -Employees should be sure to have their GPA credentials. 
    Those who have schedule questions should contact their managers.
  • Monitor gaports.com for weather updates and further details.

Sept 4, 6:30pm

Chatham County remains under a Hurricane Watch, Flash Flood Watch, Storm Surge Warning, and Tropical Storm Warning. This means the conditions are favorable for tornadoes and tropical storm force winds. Expected winds for Chatham County are 40 mph sustained (inland) and 55-60 mph sustained (coastal) with 70 mph gusts. The combination of dangerous storm surge and the tide could cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded with rising waters moving inland from the shoreline. The water could reach 3 to 5 feet above ground if peak surge occurs during high tide.

Water levels could begin to rise well in advance of the arrival of strong winds with potential of peak rainfall of 6-12 inches. Surge-related flooding will depend on how close the center of Dorian comes to the coast, and can vary greatly over short distances. It is likely that Highway 80 to Tybee Island and other low-lying roadways will be inundated with water during high tide periods. As of 5 PM we have entered a flash flood watch.

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Communication
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  • Comcast/Xfinity has free Wi-Fi hotspots for everyone regardless of your customer status through September 8, 2019

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Safety/Security
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  • We continue to operate in OPCON 1; which is the final staging phase with potential impact within 24 hours.
  • Curfew
    -The City of Savannah and Town of Thunderbolt have implemented a curfew from 9 PM until 6 AM until further notice. There are no curfews in place for unincorporated Chatham County or any other jurisdictions within Chatham County at this time.
    -Chatham County Public Works has a staging crew
    ready to remove debris once impacted areas have
    been assessed.

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Food/Water/Shelter
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  • No municipality is scheduled to turn off water at this time. For those who have private water service, residents need to contact the provider for more information.
  • While the storms’ impact is yet to be determined, American Red Cross has set up shelters throughout the state to assist evacuees. For specific information, citizens are encouraged to call 1-800-RedCross.

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Municipal/Court/Chatham County Public Schools 
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CLOSURES

  • Chatham County offices are closed through Thursday, September 5, 2019.
  • Chatham County offices will resume normal business hours on Friday, September 6, 2019.
  • City of Savannah offices are closed through Thursday, September 5, 2019.
  • Chatham County Courts are closed through Friday, September 6, 2019. Chatham County Courts will resume normal hours on Monday, September 9, 2019.
  • Savannah Chatham County Public School System is closed through Friday, September 6, 2019.

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Health/Medical
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  • Savannah Animal Care on West Bryant Street will be open 24/7 for stray or unattended animals and pet emergencies during the storm.
  • Public Health Update:
    -The emergency departments of St. Josephs/Candler and Memorial hospitals are open.
    -The Urgent Care 24/7 Historic Savannah, Urgent Care 24/7 Pooler, and Urgent Care 24/7 Midtown locations are scheduled to remain open during Hurricane
    Dorian.
    -Chatham County Public Health offices will be closed through Thursday September 5, 2019.
  • Chatham Emergency Services (CES)
    -Chatham Emergency Services has arranged with Chatham County Marine Patrol and the U.S. Coast Guard transport patients off the barrier islands of Chatham County in case of flooded roads. A dedicated paramedic is assigned to Skidaway Island, and a
    paramedic ambulance crew is dedicated to the Chatham County Detention Center.

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Energy
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OUTAGES

  • Scattered power outages are occurring. GA Power has crews staged and ready to respond as necessary.
  • They have staged extra transformers, poles and wires.
  • Alabama Power and Mississippi Power are on standby to render aid, as needed.

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Transportation
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  • Chatham Area Transit (CAT) is suspended until further notice.
  • CLOSURES
    Roads: I-16 contraflow has ended. However, this is not currently to allow residents to return to Chatham County, but to allow for resources and crews to be deployed to coastal areas as quickly as possible after the storm.
  • Bridge Closures:
    -Talmadge Bridge is closed until further notice.
    -The bridges onto Tybee Island, Wilmington Island, and
    Whitemarsh Island are not scheduled to close at this
    time. Any status changed will be included in future
    updates.
  • Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport: (updated per staff 09/04 6:30 AM)
    -Airlines have cancelled several flights for today. We
    expect cancellations to continue through tomorrow,
    Thursday, September 5. Please check airline websites
    or mobile apps for the most up-to-date flight information
    prior to coming to the airport. A copy of travel itineraries
    are recommended for movement in evacuation zones.
    -Airport shops and restaurants may be closed even when
    flights are operating.
    -Customers who wish to return a rental car may utilize
    the drop boxes located at the rental car counters if an
    attendant is not on duty.
    -The public is urged not to call the airport, but to contact
    airlines directly for the most current flight information.
    Calls to the airport made during this time period will reach
    emergency operations personnel.

Sept 4 7:00am

Chatham County remains under a Hurricane Watch, Flash Flood Watch, Storm Surge Warning, and Tropical Storm Warning. This means the conditions are favorable for tornadoes and tropical storm force winds. Expected winds for Chatham County are 45-55 mph sustained and 65 mph gusts. 
The combination of dangerous storm surge and the tide could cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded with rising waters moving inland from the shoreline. The water could reach 3 to 5 feet above ground if peak surge occurs during high tide. Water levels could begin to rise well in advance of the arrival of strong winds with potential of peak rainfall of 4-8 inches. 
The surge will be accompanied by large and destructive waves. Surge-related flooding will depend on how close the center of Dorian comes to the coast, and can vary greatly over short distances. It is likely that Highway 80 to Tybee Island and other low-lying roadways will be inundated with water during high tide periods.


Communication

  • Comcast/Xfinity has free Wi-Fi hotspots for everyone regardless of your customer status through September 8, 2019
Safety/Security

  • We have entered into OPCON 1; which is the final staging phase with potential impact within 24 hours.
  • Curfew
     -The City of Savannah and Town of Thunderbolt have implemented a curfew from 9 PM until 6 AM until further notice. There are no curfews in place for       unincorporated Chatham County or any other jurisdictions within Chatham County at this time.
  • Sandbags are available in Thunderbolt at 423 Bonaventure Road
  • Chatham County Public Works has a staging crew ready to remove debris once impacted areas have been assessed
Food/Water/Shelter

  • No municipality is scheduled to turn off water at this time. For those who have private water service, residents need to contact the provider for more information. 
  • While the storms’ impact is yet to be determined, American Red Cross has set up shelters throughout the state to assist evacuees. For specific information, citizens are encouraged to call 1-800-RedCross


Municipal/Court/Chatham County Public Schools

  • Chatham County offices are closed through Wednesday September 4, 2019
  • City of Savannah offices are closed through Thursday, September 5, 2019
  • Chatham County Courts are closed through Thursday, September 5, 2019
  • Savannah Chatham County Public School System is closed through Friday, September 6, 2019

Health/Medical

  • Savannah Animal Care on West Bryant Street will be open 24/7 for stray or unattended animals and pet emergencies during the storm
  • Public Health Update:
    -The emergency departments of St. Josephs/Candler and Memorial hospitals are open
  • Chatham County Public Health offices will be closed through Thursday September 5, 2019
  • Chatham Emergency Services (CES)
    -Chatham Emergency Services has arranged with Chatham County Marine Patrol and the U.S. Coast  Guard to be transported patients off the barrier islands of Chatham County in case of flooded roads. A dedicated paramedic is assigned to Skidaway Island  and a paramedic ambulance crew is dedicated to the Chatham County Detention Center.
Energy

  • GA Power has crews staged and ready to respond if necessary
  • They have staged extra transformers, poles and wires
  • Alabama Power and Mississippi Power are on standby to render aid if needed
Transportation

  • Roads: I-16 contraflow will continue until further notice
  • Chatham Area Transit (CAT) is suspended until further notice.
  • Bridge Closures:
    -Talmadge Bridge is closed until further notice.
    -The bridges onto Tybee Island, Wilmington Island, and Whitemarsh Island are not scheduled to close at this time. Any status changed will be included in future updates.
  • Airports:
    -Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport has several flights have been cancelled. Please check airline websites or mobile apps for the most up-to-date flight information prior to traveling to the airport.
    -Passengers should carry a copy of their travel itinerary for movement in the evacuation zones.
    -Airport shops and restaurants may be closed even when flights are operating.
    -The public is urged not to call the airport but to contact the airlines directly for the most current flight information

Sept 3, 4:30pm

Safety/Security

* Beach Access: As of September 1, 2019 Tybee Island began flying double red-flags indicating that water was closed to the public

  •  Curfew
    - SPD and Thunderbolt have both enacted curfew
    beginning on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 from 9 PM to 6
    AM daily until further notice
  • Sandbags are available at Garden City’s City Hall and in Thunderbolt
  • Chatham County Public Works has a staging crew ready to remove debris once impacted areas have been assessed


Court/Chatham County Public Schools

  •  Savannah Chatham County Public School System are closed through Friday, September 6th
  • Chatham County Courts are closed through Thursday, September 5, 2019


Food/Water/Shelter

  • Evacuation Assembly Area (EAA)
    -Open from 8 AM to 6 PM on Tuesday, September 3,
    2019
    -Citizens will be transported to inland shelters and may
    travel with 2 pieces of luggage. Domesticated animals,
    in a crate and with shot records, will be accepted with
    their owners.
    -As of 2 PM on Wednesday, September 3, 2019
    approximately 1,100 people have been evacuated


Health/Medical

  • Savannah Animal Care located at West Bryant Street will be open 24/7 for pet emergencies during the storm

  • Public Health Update:
    -The emergency department at Candler Hospital, St.
    Joseph on Mercy Blvd. and Memorial on Waters
    Avenue are open
    -24/7 Urgent Care has several open locations
    Historic Savannah
    Midtown
    Pooler

  • For more information, call (912) 234-CARE, LIKE their Facebook pages or visit www.UrgentCare247.com

  • Chatham Emergency Services (CES)
    -Chief Chuck Kearns of Chatham Emergency Services
    (CES) said, “CES began three-a-day, active planning
    meetings for Hurricane Dorian in the middle of last
    week. CES issued a mandatory recall for all EMS
    Personnel yesterday afternoon and all Firefighters
    were recalled to work this morning at 06:00 AM.
    -CES has already completed the evacuation of 29
    Neonate babies from two area hospitals along with
    numerous skilled nursing facility and hospice patients.
    CES has 47 ambulances staffed and in service at this
    time.
    -In the case of unusual high tides making Highway 80
    East impassable, CES will place a second dedicated
    paramedic ambulance on Tybee Island. Chatham
    Emergency Services has arrangements with Chatham
    County Marine Patrol and the U.S. Coast Guard in
    case patients have to be transported off the island
    when the road is flooded. A dedicated paramedic is
    assigned to Skidaway Island and a paramedic
    ambulance crew is dedicated to the Chatham County
    Detention Center.
    -CES expects to maintain Fire and EMS operations
    throughout the storm event


Energy

  • GA Power has crews staged and ready to respond if necessary
  • They have staged extra transformers, poles and wires
  • Alabama Power and Mississippi Power are on standby to render aid if needed


Transportation

  • Roads: 1-16 Contraflow begins at 8 AM on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 and will continue until further notice
  • Chatham Area Transit (CAT)
    -CAT will provide free transportation to the Savannah
    Civic Center for residents without private
    transportation from 8 AM to 6 PM on Tuesday,
    September 3, 2019
    -CAT suspended the Belles Ferry services at 8 PM on
    Monday, September 2, 2019
    -The free downtown shuttle, CAT’s paratransit service,
    and CAT Mobility have suspended their routes
    -The customer service line, 912-233-5767, will operate
    on a shortened schedule from 6 AM until 6:30 PM
    Tuesday, September 3, 2019
  • Bridge Closures:
    -Talmadge Bridge will close starting at 8 PM, Tuesday,
    September 3, 2019
    -The bridges onto Tybee Island, Wilmington Island, and
    Whitemarsh Island are not scheduled to close at this
    time. If that changes we will let you know.
  • Airports
    -The Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport is
    open as of 2 PM, please contact your specific airline
    for flight details
    -It is recommended that passengers have a copy of
    their travel itinerary for movement in the evacuation
    zones.

Sept 3 5:00am

Chatham County is under a Hurricane Watch. This means the possibility exists for tornadoes and tropical storm force winds. Expected winds for Chatham County are 50-60 mph sustained and 70 mph gusts. Furthermore, this includes storm surge of 4-7 feet above high tide. These are higher levels than
experienced during Hurricane Matthew.

Safety/Security

  • Beach Access: As of September 1, 2019 Tybee Island began flying double red-flags
    indicating that water was closed to the public
  • Curfew: Savannah Police Department has enacted curfew beginning on Tuesday,
    September 3, 2019 from 9 PM to 6 AM daily until further notice



Food/Water/Shelter

Evacuation Assembly Area (EAA):

  • Opening at 8 AM at the Savannah Civic Center on Tuesday,
    September 3, 2019
  • Citizens will be transported to inland shelters and may travel
    with 2 pieces of luggage. Domesticated animals, in a crate
    and with shot records, will be accepted with their owners.
  • Schools: All Savannah Chatham County Public School
    System are closed through Friday,September 6th
  •  Chatham County Courts are closed through Thursday,
    September 5, 2019



Health/Medical

  • Savannah Animal Care located at West Bryant Street will be
    open 24/7 for pet emergencies during the storm
  • Public Health Update: The emergency departments at St. Joseph Hospital on Mercy Blvd. and Memorial Health on Waters Ave. are open.
  •  24/7 Urgent Care has several open locations:
    Historic Savannah
    Midtown
    Pooler
    For more information, call (912) 234-CARE, LIKE their Facebook pages or visit www.UrgentCare247.com



Transportation

  •  Roads: 1-16 Contraflow begins at 8 AM on Tuesday, September 3, 2019
  • Chatham Area Transit (CAT): CAT will provide free transportation to the Savannah Civic Center for residents without private transportation from 8 AM to 6 PM on Tuesday, September 3, 2019
  •  CAT suspended the Belles Ferry services at 8 PM on Monday, September 2, 2019
  • The free downtown shuttle, CAT’s paratransit service, and CAT Mobility will not operate Tuesday, September 3, 2019
  •  The customer service line, 912-233-5767, will operate on a shortened schedule from 6 AM until 6:30 PM Tuesday, September 3, 2019
  • The ticket/informational window at the JMR International Transit Center on West Oglethorpe will also operate on a shortened schedule Tuesday, from 7 AM until Noon
  • Bridge Closures: Talmadge Bridge will close starting at 8 PM, Tuesday,
    September 3, 2019


Sept 2 4:30pm


City Offices
City of Savannah offices will be closed Tuesday, September 3, 2019 and Wednesday, September 4, 2019 with the exception of essential staff. A decision about government office closures for Thursday and Friday will be made later this week. 

It is important to note that Sanitation department service schedules are also suspended until further notice. Residents are urged to make sure all refuse and recycling carts are secured ahead of the storm

Parking Garages
Starting at 5 pm we’re allowing people to park in select City garages free of charge until after the storm event.  That includes Bryan Street, Robinson, Whitaker, and State Street. These facilities are open to park in at your own risk and will be unmanned.

The Liberty garage is designated for emergency personnel and therefore not accessible for the public.  

Also, please be sure the facility you’re using is a city facility before leaving or you may be charged for your time there.

Sept 2, 7:00 am


The Evacuation Assembly Area (EAA) will open at the Savannah Civic Center at 8AM on Tuesday, September 3, 2019, to assist people that cannot evacuate themselves from Chatham County. People can take a Chatham Area Transit (CAT) bus to the Civic Center free of charge.

Citizens will be transported from the EAA to an inland county shelter.

To ensure a place on the shuttles, residents should plan to arrive at the EAA in the morning.

The EAA requests the following:

  • ·       No more than two bags or pieces of luggage per person.
  • ·       If evacuating with an animal, only domesticated animals will be accepted. Animals should be in a crate and have shot records.

Late Sunday evening, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp called for mandatory evacuations of Coastal Georgia counties for areas east of I-95 beginning at noon on Monday, September 2. Chatham County residents should now begin preparations for evacuation.

The Georgia Department of Transportation will start westerly contraflow on I-16 at 8AM on Tuesday, September 3. This new traffic pattern will allow traffic to flow westerly on all four lanes of I-16 towards Macon.

The Chatham Emergency Management Agency (CEMA) remains in the Mobilization Phase (Operating Condition 3). CEMA has been in either Operating Condition 3 or 4 for the past seven days monitoring Hurricane Dorian and putting resources in place. The county is now ready for evacuation beginning at noon today.

Governor Brian Kemp will hold a press conference at 10:30AM this morning in Chatham County with local officials to provide additional information.

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